I can do hand embroidery, but often do not choose too. Part of the reason is an issue I have with my hands, though I can still sew by hand for short spells at a time. The larger issue though, is with my head. ;-)
See, I am a perfectionist about the things that I make and while I love the look of hand sewing and hand embroidery, my hand work does not live up to my own expectations.
Yes, I know, practice makes perfect, but I also have a hard time sitting around making "practice pieces" just for the heck of it. If I spend time on it I want to use it, right?
For this piece, the pattern was drawn first on paper and I had indended to use a transfer paper to shift the design to the fabric. Unfortunately, my transfer sheets eluded me. Instead, I took a pin, poked a series of holes along the design line, laid it on the fabric and drew over it with a chalk pencil. After removing the stencil, I sketched over my lines and started stitching.
Stitches used here are chain, split and stem (all worked in Renaissance Dyeing's crewel wool).